Nopales (Prickly Pear Cactus) Stew

Bradshaw Hammond


There are tricks to this recipe:

1. Finding nopales pads from a Mexican grocery.

2. Finding the willpower to ever put down the spoon after the first bite.


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20 Min
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


  • 2 lb
    fresh nopales pads. (preferably with spines already cut off)
  • 1 pkg
    shredded chicken (or whatever pre-cooked meat is desired)
  • 2-4 clove
    garlic (tailor amount to specific palate)
  • 1
  • 1 can(s)
    fire roasted tomatoes with garlic
  • 2 can(s)
    diced chili, onion, and tomato
  • 1 can(s)
    black beans
  • 1 can(s)
    butter beans
  • 1 can(s)
    navy beans
  • 1 can(s)
    chili beans

How to Make Nopales (Prickly Pear Cactus) Stew


  1. How to prepare the Nopales:

    Slice up the pads first lengthwise then horizontally. You should have cuts of various sizes. Boil in water for 5-6 min. Strain in colander and repeat. The nopales are now prepared.
  2. Chop and saute the onion and garlic.
  3. Pour all the cans into the crock pot (pour everything inside the cans).

    Dump the shredded chicken, prepared nopales, and sauteed garlic and onions into the crock pot as well.

    Stir everything until properly mixed.
  4. Use whatever time interval on the crock pot fits your schedule. Make sure dish is warm before serving.

    A Dutch Oven can be used as substitute for the crock pot. Again make sure stew is warm and ready before serving.

    Suggest chips and fresh fruit (preferably tropical) for accompaniment.

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About Nopales (Prickly Pear Cactus) Stew

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Healthy

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